Green Tea - Spring 2016
Our Imperial Grade Laoshan green tea is small leaf, tippy (but without silver hairs) and tightly rolled, but not compressed like a Tie Guan Yin. The varietal grown is Long Jing #43 and as such the tea from Laoshan shares it character.
The taste is classicly small leaf green tea with sweet and umami taste, the aroma is grass and pine, the feeling in the mouth is thick and pungent. Our offering is harvested in the middle of April a period after the freezing temperatures early spring have abated, before the rains when the weather is just beginning to warm up!
During the Qing Dynasty, the imperial Qing court considered Dragon Well to be the tea of choice for summer consumption. Has a very pronounced 'chestnut' aroma and taste that coats the mouth with that distinct 'Dragon Well' flavor and is slightly less bitter than lower grades.
During the Qing Dynasty, the imperial Qing court considered Dragon Well to be the tea of choice for summer consumption. The leaves and buds are extremely small and uniform and are light green in color. The soup produced is exceptionally soft & fragrant, and a very pleasant 'hui gan' lingers in the back of the mouth & throat well after drinking.
This tea was picked from the first flush of spring harvest high in the mountains of Simao. These tender young buds were processed in a way that is similar to how other premium small-leaf tea varietals (like Emei Sichuan Zhu Ye Qing) are processed elsewhere in China.
Spring comes early in Yunnan! A mild sunny winter, quickly gives way to spring which allows for this fresh and nutty green tea. It is composed entirely of buds and leaves picked in early March. The tea is expertly processed in small batches to ensure a nutty thick fresh green tea taste!